FOOD Restaurants in the Philippines
Photo 1 – An appetizing lunch set A fashionable cafe across the Ayala Museum The Museum Cafe, commonly called M Cafe, can be found right across the Ayala Museum. It’s the Makati crowd’s number 1 go-to place for relaxation and recreation. Every Sunday morning, be intoxicated with the sound of pleasant jazz music while having a nice chat over brunch with your closest friends. This is a nice place to hang out if you want to escape the usual summer heat in Manila. You can try their refreshing drinks because they’re so good. ● Perfect for: brunch date with friends ● Atmosphere: artsy ● Budget: P100-P200 ● Recommended menu: […]
Passion is an authentic Cantonese restaurant that is located at the second floor of the luxurious Maxim Hotel. The interior is very classy and spacious. The round tables are neatly arranged. This is the largest restaurant in Resorts World Manila; it can accommodate 400 people. This restaurant is, indeed, grandeur. Chef David Chu Wai Fung continues to protect the distinctive taste of the food that Passion offers. Most of their customers are patrons. Two of the most popular dishes are the crispy roasted pigeon (Photo 1) and the green crab dish (Photo 2). They also offer all-you-can eat dim sum for only P750 for adults and P500 for children 6 to 11 […]
The best part of eating in Chinatown is that food is delicious but cheap – just like the food in Happy Delicious Kitchen! This restaurant from Taiwan offers home cooked meals that are tasty and healthy. They are popular among the local Chinese. Every morning, the owner goes to the market to buy fresh ingredients! The most popular meal on their menu is the 3-in-1 (Photo 1). You can choose 3 of your favorite dishes plus 1 cup of rice. There are a lot of choices (Photo 2). The 3-in-1 meal costs P150 and 4-in-1 meal costs P180. They also offer rice mixed with vegetable like the Mustard rice (Photo 3). It’s already good […]
This restaurant’s signature dish is the tousakumen (Photo 2). When your order, it is possible to take a glimpse of their kitchen where the cooks are painstakingly preparing your food (Photo 1). The noodles are boiled and carefully cut; toppings of your choice – beef, chicken, pork, spare ribs or seafood – are added afterward. The ramen is reasonably priced at P120 to P150. Another popular dish in this hidden store in Binondo is the egg fried rice (Photo 1). Its delicious taste comes from high temperature when frying the rice in exquisite oil. Pair it up with fried dumplings (Photo 4). Another thing that goes well with the ramen is a nice […]
Wai Ying Fast food has always been crowded with locals, tourists and regular customers since it first opened in 1998. Their interior is very cozy and and their dishes are delicious and affordable. This is one of the favorite dimsum and noodle places in Chinatown. The price range is from P65 to P110. First on their list is the hakaw (Photo 2), 4 pieces of delicious shrimp dumplings. Another favorite is the irresistibly cruchy classic siomai (Photo 1). The beef wanton (Photo 3) is a noodle bestseller.
A well-established shop in Chinatown, Tasty Dumplings has been loved by locals since 1979. Their most popular dish is the 8-piece water dumplings (Photo 1). The pork chop rice (Photo 4) is also very frequently ordered. It is hearty pork fried to crisp served with white rice and sauce. Also try the Silver Roll bread (Photo 3 – left) and the Dim sum Hongma (Photo 3 – right).
The one-stop shop of sweet goodies in Chinatown Ho-Land sells goodies like sweets, bread and other Chinese food in general, all neatly packed in individual wrappers. The classic hopia is the most popular treat among the customers. A popular side dish is the Chinese Chimaki Machang (Photo 4). It is sticky rice that has been seasoned and wrapped in bamboo leaves. It is usually bought as snack by regular customers.
Ying-Ying is a tea shop located on Chinatown’s Dasmarinas Street, just parallel to Ongpin Street. This shop is slightly hidden but is very popular among locals. Its take on the classic Filipino dish lechon kawali (photo 1) is one of its most popular dishes. The quality of the pork, its juiciness and the distinct crunch of the pork skin make this dish well-known. Try the Beef Wanton Noodles (Photo 3) and the Thin Soup Noodles with Gudakusan wanton toppings and Chinese cabbage. Do try the Takashi Cospa for only P110 as well. The drinks here are also a must-try. They have coffee and milk tea. Iced drinks are served in surprisingly large beer mugs (photo […]
(PHOTO 1) Special Bulgogi – PHP 450 (PHOTO 2) Hemul Pajeon – P450 (PHOTO 3) Gelbuchim -PHP 450 (PHOTO 4) Soondooboo Chige – PHP 280 Owned by Kyung Chun Lee, this restaurant serves authentic Korean food. They have 80 different exquisite food choices on the menu but the bestseller is their special bulgogi (Photo 1). The waiter assists in preparing this dish and serves it on a piping hot plate. Another popular dish from the menu is galbichim (Photo 3): stewed vegetables and ribs, carefully soaked in sauce. They also have the Korean-style pancake hemul pajeon (Photo 2) which is best dipped in their soy sauce. You can try the classic soup […]
As the name suggests, this restaurant offers rich aromatic spices from seven countries: India, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Chinese, and Filipino. Spices offers a unique dining experience for its customers and it’s located at the first-class hotel The Peninsula. The Thai menu was excellent! We tried the Malaysian chicken curry with herb lime and Thai red curry beef with potatoes. Their wine selection is abundant. The staff is very accommodating and can tell you which wine suits each dish. If you want to enjoy a exquisite and beautifully prepared Asian cuisines and dine in luxurious restaurant, Spices is a good choice for that. ● Applications: Lunch date with friends, business […]
Photo 1 – Paneer Tika – BBQ cottage cheese(P170) Photo 2 – Masala Dosa – vegetables wrapped in a crepe (India version) (P155) Photo 3 – Outside New Bombay Along the crowded luxury condos in Dela Costa Street, Makati lies an Indian restaurant also popular among our Japanese friends. New Bombay is a small restaurant but it offers a genuine taste of authentic Indian cuisines. Most of the patrons are people who work in Makati. Their menu is rich with curry, vegetables, mutton and chicken. New Bombay is one of those Asian restaurants that offer a taste of their own cuisines for a reasonable price. Many Filipinos are spicy food […]
Offering real Vietnamese food with plenty of fresh vegetables, Bawai’s is a homey restaurant that offers an extensive menu of authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Owned by the Tatlonghari family, this restaurant opened in Silang, Cavite in 2007. Bawai means grandmother in Vietnamese. The restaurant is designed to be homey and gives out the feeling of visiting your grandma’s house. Eighty percent of the ingredients are imported from Vietnam. All their vegetables are fresh from the organic farm. Recommended: ● Goi Thit Tom (P250) Green Salad ● Chao Tom (P260) appetizer ● Pho Bo (P235) for Bo ● Ca nuong Xa Ot (P380) main dish ● Pandan iced tea (P65)
(1) Palak Paneer (P280) (2) Dahi Puri (180) (3) Mutton Curry (4) Vegetable Biryani (P350) This restaurant wants to give its customers the taste of India, preparing their dishes beautifully, Indian-style. Their interior is elegant and shiny. Most Indian cuisines are spicy but at Legend of India, there’s no need to worry because they have dishes that are so mildly spiced that even children can eat it! Preparation is overnight to achieve that perfect taste. The Mutton curry (P440) is a must-try. The restaurant uses many vegetables.
Aposento is an Asian restaurant near the Citibank tower in Makati. It serves different Asian cuisines, like Japanese pork cutlet on rice. It is crowded with businessmen, especially during the weekdays. (1) Crispy pork pattern (P495) (2) Wagyu Burger (P350) (3) Blueberry Cheesecake (P190) Their most popular dish is the Wagyu Burger (Photo 2), a thick Wagyu patty combined with fresh vegetables, cheese, mushrooms and bacon. The Classic Crispy Pata Pork is the most recommended by the manager. It’s so crunchy and juicy and is sprinkled with garlic, just simply irresistible! After those heavy meals, you can try their delicious cheesecake. (4) Impressive interior Cocktails are 50% off for women […]
At first glance, Damaso Residencia looks like a large mansion along the street of Ortigas Ave. But inside is an elegant antique-style restaurant that offers a mix of traditional Spanish and Filipino cuisines. The interior is for diners who come in groups. Reservation is advisable since the place is usually full during lunch and dinner. (1) Sautéed white fish, shrimp and mussels (2) Special dessert plate
Old Penang is a Malaysian restaurant in a casual atmosphere that fits the environment of the Resorts World. The menu is a fusion of Chinese, Indian and Malaysian cuisine. There are noodles that can be found in a Chinese restaurant and some curry is prepared Indian-style. But most dishes and spices are Malaysian. The use of coconut is unique to Malaysian cuisines. This is to balance the spiciness with the creaminess. The service is very quick and food can be served within five minutes. We recommend you to try the famous Penang Prawn Noodles. For dessert, try the Penang Ice Kacang with Ice Cream.
Owned by the popular chef Him Uy de Baron, Nomama is a modern Japanese restaurant that focuses on artisanal ramen. Chef Him shared with us that Nomama is a word play of “not your mama’s” ramen. The signature dish Nomama Ramen is made with house pork stock, miso-sesame flavour, chashu and tamago. Nomama Ramen (P340) They also have the Thai Green Curry Ramen. It’s a noodle soup that harmoniously blends with curry coconut flavour. Thai Green Curry Ramen (P330) Nomama serves Japanese food which are made with the freshest products and organic ingredients that are sourced locally. The dishes are all exquisite and prepared creatively for their customers. Indeed, it’s […]
This is a café restaurant ran by a Japanese couple. Arafu Café serves tonkatsu that tastes very homey. It will remind you of a mother’s home cooked meal. Arufa Café has opened their first branch in Fort Bonifacio and has been the favourite place of Japanese housewives and expatriates because of the homey ambiance. They do not offer the usual Japanese food like sashimi or tempura but instead, they offer a variety of authentic Japanese cuisines. One of the most popular dish is the Hamburger Steak and Fried Chicken Dish. Another popular dish from the menu is the Tahara Hamburger. The beef is so tender and juicy. You have to […]
Go-en is one of the most popular ramen shops in Manila. From the classic soy sauce to miso soup, their dishes are, without a doubt, delicious and distinct. The most popular dish is the Tantanmen, a thick soup of white sesame with seasoned eggs that firmly floats on the soup. Fall in love with their chicken ramen Kara-age Kare topped with a generous amount of cheese. This joint does not only serve delectable ramen, but also has an eye-catching interior decorated with Japanese artworks and traditional toys such as kendama, daruma otoshi, koma (or tops in English), and yoyo. In addition, otakus will greatly appreciate Go-en’s manga rack, which has […]
Mercado is a restaurant buffet within the Resorts World Manila Casino. A lot of their customers are patrons and casino-goers. Mercado offers not only common Filipino dishes but also a variety of Asian and Western cuisines. Unlike other restaurant buffet, Mercado offers limited food choices but everything is, without a doubt, delicious. If you want to eat in a buffet restaurant and leave with a satisfied stomach and wallet, then Mercado is one of the best choices for you.
This restaurant’s theme and name is from Crisostomo Ibarra, a character in the famous Filipino novel Noli Me Tangere written by the Philippine’s national hero Jose Rizal. But this restaurant stands as a modern twist to this historical literature. The interior is modern and elegant, from the pale green walls, wooden accents to the grandeur chandelier and decorative paintings. They offer traditional Spanish and Filipino cuisines. They also have seafood dishes like excellent crabs and large crunchy tempuras. One of their most popular desserts is the Narcissa, a rich and yummy cheesecake. This restaurant’s theme and name is from Crisostomo Ibarra, a character in the famous Filipino novel Noli Me […]
Lola Cafe is a stylish restaurant along the street of Sct. Lozano in Quezon City. It is an old house renovated to a modern restaurant, but it hasn’t lost its homey atmosphere. One of their best-sellers is the Kimchi Kaldereta and longganisa sausages. Another must-try is the Tartufo Pasta made with truffle oil.
The Blue Kitchen is well-known for selling delicious cookies, juices, sausages and pasta sauce, best as gifts or pasalubong. They use small packaging so it can be carried easily. The store’s interior is pretty and neat. The items are stylishly arranged so customers can effortlessly select from a wide selection of goodies and treats. The most popular among Filipinos is the “Garlic Tuyo”. It is a salted small fish fillet bottled with garlic oil.
From the United States, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is one of the most popular donut shop and cafe here in the Philippines. They offer original and excellent flavors of donuts. Krispy Kreme donuts are freshly made that’s why it is moist and warm to eat. The ambiance is quiet and bright. It’s a nice place to work, study or catch-up with friends as you are served by friendly staff. One of the best-sellers is the original Glazed (P30/pc), not too sweet but very moist – a classic Krispy Kreme taste. You can try as well the Glazed Chocolate Cake (P38/pc), Hershey’s Cookies & Kreme (P38/pc) and the New York Cheesecake […]
Fall in love with the French-inspired bakery shop Bizu Patisserie. Bizu came from the French word bisous which means “kiss.” Kissing is a sign of affection and love for someone and just like Bizu Patisserie, all the pastries and treats are made with love, care and creativity. All Filipino chefs were trained to make the finest French pastries and European bread that can be enjoyed by Filipinos. (Photo 1) Nirvana – mini size: P185 / full size: P765 (Photo 2) Chocolate truffles *1 pc: P48 * Bizu Truffle box 4 pieces : P255 * Bizu Truffle box 6 pieces : P355 * Bizu Truffle box 12 pieces : P655 * […]
Your Tagaytay trip is not complete without at least trying Amira’s Buco Tarts. It all started as a home-based baking business of owner Virginia Malipol, catering for retreats and seminars held in Tagaytay. Due to popular demand, they opened their own store. Now, they are considered the most popular pasalubong store in the city! You can choose from different tart flavors: the all-time favorite buco, mango cheese, blueberry cheese, cherry cheese, banana caramel, egg & fruit.
Coron Harvest has already been featured by several national TV stations because of its popular cashew nut production in Palawan. Their cashew nuts are fresh, aromatic and crispy in texture. It’s really delicious, you won’t even notice how many nuts you have already eaten! A lot of tourists buy bags of cashew nuts as pasalubong or presents for their loved ones. (1) Cashew Nuts – P50/70g, P100/140g, P300/500g (2) Sugar Coated Cashew Nuts (3) Owner Lita Escarda and 3 of her friendly staff